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EA Wales to be scrapped in environment shake-up

Wales is to have a single environment body, the government has announced

Welsh environment minister John Griffiths, right, said a consultation would be carried out on proposals for a new organisation to manage Wales’s natural resources.

Griffiths announced the Welsh Government’s intention in November 2011 to move to a single body to replace the Countryside Council for Wales, the Environment Agency Wales and the Forestry Commission for Wales.

The Government estimates over a ten year period, the transition from three environment bodies could result in savings of up to £158m before costs.  

The consultation will cover the legal changes needed to establish the new body, its overall purpose, arrangements around customer and stakeholder engagement, accountability and transparency, and the Welsh Government’s wider ambitions for the new body.  

Griffiths said: “I am convinced that the establishment of a single body will ensure the most sustainable management of Wales’ natural resources. Not only will it result in a more streamlined way of working, it will also ensure more effective delivery, improved value for money and better outcomes for Welsh people, Welsh businesses and the environment.”

The consultation will run until 2 May.

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